How to Stop Night Sweats (For Good)
One minute, you're sleeping peacefully without a care in the world. The next minute, you wake up covered in so much sweat that you feel like you just got out of a swimming pool.
"That's odd," you think to yourself. "I guess my blanket was just too warm and I got a little too hot during the middle of the night. Oh well." But the next night you use a lighter blanket and wear fewer clothes, yet you have the exact same result.
This is a condition called night sweats, and it's surprisingly common for many people. While in most cases it's relatively harmless, that doesn't make it any less irritating. Thankfully, it's NOT a situation you have to take lying down (no pun intended). If you truly want to stop night sweats for good, there are a few key things to keep in mind.
Night Sweats Causes: Breaking Things Down
To get a better understanding of why night sweats happen, you must first learn more about how the human body works.
Sweating is actually the body's totally natural response to high core temperatures. This is why you sweat large amounts on a hot day or after a workout. As your body's internal temperature starts to rise, it releases sweat through the skin in an effort to cool you down. At least, this is how things are supposed to work under normal conditions.
Night sweats, however, can happen due to numerous reasons. One is a condition called idiopathic hyperhidrosis, which is when the body actually produces too much sweat without any immediate identifiable medical cause. Night sweats could also be the result of certain types of medications that you're taking. Antidepressants, for example, raise your chances of experiencing night sweats pretty dramatically. Hypoglycemia — otherwise known as low blood sugar — can also be a cause depending on your specific medical history.
Finally, if you've never been prone to night sweats before but are suddenly experiencing them now, you should also know that this could be an early warning sign of one of a few different types of infections. Many people who have tuberculosis regularly go through night sweats, for example. But endocarditis (inflammation of the valves in the heart), osteomyelitis (inflammation in the bones) and even abscesses can all cause night sweats if left untreated. An undiagnosed hormone disorder like carcinoid syndrome can also cause night sweats. So if you already know that you have one of those types of conditions, you've just found the cause of your issue. If you don’t have any of the conditions listed or are unsure, you may want to speak to a medical professional to try and get to the root cause.
Combating Night Sweats: Breaking Things Down
If you ARE experiencing night sweats due to one of the aforementioned medical conditions, the best thing to do would be to see a doctor for a more in-depth evaluation. If it has something to do with your medication, for example, your doctor may be able to suggest an alternative without this particular side effect. If it's because you're having a hard time managing your blood sugar, a doctor can help you mitigate that too.
As an aside, you'll also want to drink water as soon as you get up if you DO have night sweats. People who sweat excessively tend to get dehydrated during the middle of the night, which can actually take an irritating problem and make it that much worse. Drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up (and making sure that you're staying as hydrated as possible during the day) isn't necessarily going to cure your night sweats, but it will help mitigate a lot of the discomfort and other related issues that you experience as a result.
The Best Bedding for Night Sweats
Another great way to not necessarily CURE night sweats but effectively MANAGE them involves changing the type of bedding you depend on each night.
PeachSkinSheets’ 21st-century SMART fabric is made from the absolute latest in high-performance sleep technology textiles. It's far more breathable and lightweight than most other fabric options you may have experience with, meaning that you get to stay at exactly the perfect temperature all night long. The airy poly-fiber wicks away moisture (as opposed to just absorbing it like cotton), making them the perfect night sweat sheets to finally help put an end to your problem once and for all.
But more than that, it's also a great option for you AND your partner. Because of the unique way that the sheets are constructed, warm sleepers stay cool and cool sleepers always stay cozy — exactly the way sheets for night sweats should be.
PeachSkinSheets: Your Partner for a Good Night's Sleep
At PeachSkinSheets, we understand just how frustrating sweating while sleeping can truly be — particularly when it gets in the way of that great night's sleep you were after in the first place. That's a large part of the reason we've designed night sweat sheets complete with high-performance, moisture-wicking fabric that offer a wide range of additional benefits, too.
All of our bedding offers athletic-grade performance, with specially designed cooling sheets that wick away moisture to keep you cooler and drier throughout the night. You get to enjoy a superior, temperature-controlled experience that helps put an end to night sweats for all time — and you get to feel as comfortable as possible all night long.
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